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Start/Bench List - Week 15
John Tuvey
Updated: December 18, 2009
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Start/Bench Codes (SBC)
S1: Start 'em Tier One (Stud / Great matchup) U: Upside player (Possible sleeper)
S2: Start 'em Tier Two (Solid matchup) X: Unclear situation / Could go either way
S3: Start 'em Tier Three (Borderline / Barely) B: Bench 'em (Bad Matchup / Too much risk)
 
 
Indianapolis (13-0) at Jacksonville (7-6) Back to top
Indianapolis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Peyton Manning S2

Let's operate under the assumption that the Colts treat this like a regular game—which early indications from Jim Caldwell suggest will happen, aside from nicked Colts sitting out. Then we can talk about the Jags not having allowed a 300-yard passer in Jacksonville since Manning went for 364 and 3 in Week 16 of last year, or how Peyton has averaged 316 per game his last three visits. Or, if you're a glass half full type, let's discuss a Jaguars defense that's much better at home than on the road. And then, of course, there's the two-ton elephant in the room: just how much will Indy's regulars play with nothing but perfection left to play for? In the past two Week 17s, under somewhat similar circumstances, Manning has a total of 190 yards and one TD—so there's definitely a risk here. But it will also be five weeks until Indy's next meaningful game; Caldwell can't possibly put Peyton in the garage for a month, then expect him to hit the ground running... can he?

RB Joseph Addai S3 Addai isn't a yardage hound, with between 62 and 79 rushing yards in four straight and seven of the last eight. He's been a consistent supplier of touchdowns and hasn't gone back-to-back games without one thus far this season—and he didn't score last week, which bodes well here. The Jags have allowed visiting backs to score in each of the previous two, but we've already been seeing plenty of Mike Hart and Chad Simpson and their touches will only increase as the regular season draws to a close. So, you've been warned.
RB Mike Hart U The Jags still have playoff hopes so they're unlikely to be mailing this one in, but Indy may go to the bullpen early. Hart got nine carries last week and that number is only likely to go up. However, until Hart can turn nine carries into more than 28 yards, he's not much of a fantasy helper.
WR Reggie Wayne
S2

Based purely on the numbers Wayne would be an S1+, owning the Jaguars with at least seven catches for 108 or more yards in five of his last six against Jacksonville. He's also scored in three of four against the Jags, including his 10-162-1 in Week 1. But you know the drill; by midway through the third it could be Curtis Painter throwing to Hank Baskett while Wayne and Manning study formation photos on the sidelines. There's risk, but there's also a very high-end reward.

WR Pierre Garçon
Austin Collie
S3 Nothing in Jacksonville's defensive stats to date suggest they'll shut down Indy's passing game; last week was the first game in which they didn't allow at least one WR TD, but they still surrendered 110 yards to Greg Camarillo. But what the Jags can't do Jim Caldwell might, and if it's Painter instead of Manning throwing the ball expectations for Garçon and Collie dip dramatically.
TE Dallas Clark S3

Jacksonville held Clark to 4-39 in the earlier meeting, their first real success against him in the previous six meetings. Coming off a three-TD game it would be extremely difficult to bench Clark, and it would take more than just a Jaguar defense that's given up only two TE TDs on the year to scare most off of Clark. But the prospects of a whole lot of Jacob Tamme and Gijon Robinson as Clark gets rested for the playoffs has to at least be considered.

DT Colts B Jim Caldwell has at least admitted that injured Colts will be rested prior to the playoffs, and since that group includes both Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis (as well as Antoine Bethea and Jerraud Powers) the Indy defense is an even worse fantasy bet than usual.
Jacksonville
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Garrard S3

Garrard is unusable on the road and barely usable at home, averaging 58 yards per game more in Jacksonville and throwing nine of his meager 10 TD passes in front of the home folks. He has multiple touchdown tosses in just one of his last nine games, and if you're using him here you're doing so because you think Indy's defense will be undermanned without Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis up front... or maybe you noticed that after allowing multiple touchdowns just once in their first 10 games the Colts have surrendered two TD tosses in each of the past three.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew
S1

MoJo has averaged 123 combo yards and a touchdown in his last seven meetings with the Colts, including—surprise!—123 combo yards and a touchdown against Indy back in the season opener. No team knows that the MO to stay with Indy is running the football better than Jack Del Rio, and with playoff hopes on the line—and the Colts sans several defensive regulars—this is Jones-Drew's prime-time opportunity to shine.

WR

Mike Sims-Walker
Torry Holt
Mike Wallace
Nate Hughes

B You'd think a helper could be found in this bunch, especially since they'll be at home and facing a secondary that just let Brandon Marshall have his way with them. But there's no Marshall here, especially with MSW fading faster than a temporary tattoo. Holt isn't the answer, and Thomas and Hughes aren't ready for prime time. Collectively they may compile enough to make Garrard fantasy relevant, but individually there isn't a fantasy starter to be found among this bunch.
TE

Marcedes Lewis

B Lewis is a better play at home, but he's still too much of a risk to be trusted with a fantasy start at this juncture of the season.
DT Jaguars B

If you know you're getting Curtis Painter for three quarters, then the Jags D isn't a bad fantasy play. But you don't know that for sure, and if you're getting Peyton Manning for three quarters you might be in serious doo-doo.

 
Dallas (8-5) at New Orleans (13-0) Back to top
Dallas
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tony Romo S2

Romo has thrown multiple touchdowns in three straight games, and he'll be throwing plenty as the Cowboys eschew the run on the road (averaging 38 pass attempts in away games against 31 per game in Dallas. Tough to bank against a guy attempting to shoot it out with Drew Brees in prime time.

RB Marion Barber
S3

The Saints' run defense has been better since the return of Sedrick Ellis to the lineup, but they've still given up running back touchdowns in two of the last three games. Dallas runs the ball six fewer times per road game, and with Barber already giving up carries to Jones and Choice—and displaying reduced effectiveness with the carries he is getting—he's a borderline start at best.

RB Felix Jones
Tashard Choice
B

The Cowboys don't want to give Jones more than 10 carries a game, and they're doing even better than that by limiting him to an average of five per game on the road. Same for Choice, whose numbers are skewed by a 14-carry game early on when Jones was out and MB3 nicked. Neither has been a factor in road games, and it's unlikely they'll start now.

WR Miles Austin
S2

Keeping up with the Saints has its privileges, one of them being big numbers for wideouts; New Orleans has allowed 90 yards or a TD to at least one opposing wideout in each of the past five games. Austin is Romo's top target, so it would stand to reason he's the best fantasy option here as well.

WR Roy Williams

S3

Williams has re-emerged, with 149 yards and three touchdowns over the past three games. And given that the Saints have allowed secondary targets to amass 67 or more yards four times in the past five games, odds are Romo will be throwing enough to fill Roy's cup again this week.

TE Jason Witten S3

After a couple weeks back in his old role as Romo's BFF, Witten returned to his four-catch, 40-some yards ways last week. The Saints gave up two of their bigger days to tight ends over the past two weeks—53 and a TD to Fred Davis, 50 to Tony Gonzalez—so it's tough to set sights for Witten much higher than what we've sadly grown accustomed to this year.

DT Cowboys B On a two-game skid. On the road. Against the Saints. And potentially without DeMarcus Ware. Nothing in that string of sentences suggests the Cowboys are a good fantasy play.
New Orleans
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Brees S1

Brees is averaging 321 and three in front of the home fans, and while the Cowboys haven't allowed a quarterback to top 276 against them on the road it's tough to see them slowing the New Orleans express.

RB Pierre Thomas
S2

Thomas is consistently getting double-digit touches, and against a defense that has allowed triple-digit combo yards to running backs in five of the last six games you have to like his chances of being productive with his share of the workload.

RB Mike Bell
B

Bell is back in the mix and could receive double-digit carries, but he hasn't been doing much with them and Reggie Bush is stealing his goal line thunder. Tough to look for fantasy points from the third back on a pass-happy team.

RB Reggie Bush
S3

Reggie scored twice against the Falcons and, when healthy, is being used with tremendous efficiency. Can you trust a guy getting right around 10 touches a game? You can when those touches are coming in the Saints' offense.

WR Marques Colston
S2

The Cowboys have allowed only two WR TDs in the past six weeks, but the saving grace for Colston is that the last two No. 1 receivers to face Dallas have posted triple-digit yardage. So even if Marques' three-game scoring streak ends, he should make up for it with a helpful dose of yardage.

WR

Robert Meachem

S3

There isn't much in the way of leftovers against Dallas; since their Week 6 bye only three wideouts have topped 50 yards against the Cowboys, and all three were No. 1s. On the bright side, four of the five WR TDs Dallas has allowed in that span have gone to No. 2s. Meachem's five-game scoring streak ended last week, but he's still clearly ahead of Devery Henderson in the pecking order.

WR

Devery Henderson

B

As always, there is upside to being a member of Drew Brees' receiving corps. That said, after Colston and Meachem take theirs it will be extremely difficult for Henderson to carve out fantasy value against a pretty good Dallas defense.

TE Jeremy Shockey B Shockey has been as effective as Jason Witten, which is a nice way of saying he consistently finishes with 40-some yards per game. Dallas allowed Antonio Gates to score as part of his 44-yard day, and it's tough to see Shockey having a better outing than that.
DT Saints S3 Romo hasn't been bad of late... but there's still plenty of December left.
 

Cleveland (2-11) at Kansas City (3-10)

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Cleveland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brady Quinn
S3

The last time Quinn saw a bad defense he took the Lions for 308 and four, and while Ryan Fitzpatrick busted a perfectly good trend with 96 yards and a touchdown last week it's still accurate to say the Chiefs have allowed multiple touchdown tosses to five of the last six quarterbacks to visit KC. Weather and defense limited Quinn to 19 attempts last week; expect him back above 30 here, which should be enough for him to compile adequate or better fantasy digits.

RB Chris Jennings


S2

The Chiefs have allowed eight RB TDs in the past six games, and nine of the past 10 opposing backfields have rushed for triple-digit yardage against them. Jennings, who owns the only RB rushing score by a Brown this season, received 20 carries against the Steelers. Assuming Eric Mangini doesn't suddenly reverse field and go with Jerome Harrison, or decides the Josh Cribbs-to-running back experiment starts now, Jennings is poised to be the beneficiary of the KC run D's largesse.

WR Mohamed Massaquoi
S3

The rookie wideout isn't the most interesting fantasy play in the world, but when Quinn does throw he prefers throwing to Massaquoi. He's been Cleveland's most targeted receiver in nine of the last 10 games, including the last four under Quinn. And since primary targets have had success against the Chiefs, it would stand to reason Massaquoi would be a decent fantasy play here.

WR Joshua Cribbs
S3

It's only taken three months, but the Browns have figured out how to get the ball into the hands of their best offensive weapon without either giving up a touchdown or forcing a punt. Cribbs is averaging better than seven yards per carry, including 87 yards on eight carries running the Wildcat against Pittsburgh last week. Now the Browns are discussing making Cribbs a full-time back; while that may not happen right away, he's bound to see at least as many carries as "Team QB"—and if he can get 10 yards per carry against the Steel Curtain you have to like his chances against the Chiefs.

TE Evan Moore

U

Moore was somewhat of an afterthought last week after a big debut against the Chargers a week earlier. The Chiefs have allowed four TE TDs in the past five weeks, so if you're scraping the bottom of the barrel for tight end help this week Moore has some positive trends working in his favor.

DT Browns B Which defense will show up, the one that held Pittsburgh to two field goals last week or the one that gave up 38 points to the Lions just three weeks prior to that? Whatever upside this fantasy defense provides isn't worth the risk.
Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Cassel
B

As schizophrenic as the Browns' pass defense has been—allowing big games to Philip Rivers and Matthew Stafford while shutting down Joe Flacco, Jay Cutler, Carson Palmer and Ben Roethlisberger—it's tough to see a scenario where starting Cassel makes sense. He's been held without a touchdown in each of his past two games, throwing six INTs in that span, and was benched two weeks ago. Who's to say the hook won't come out again? Best use it now before Cassel gets anywhere near your fantasy lineup.

RB Jamaal Charles

S1

Since taking over as KC's starter Charles has scored in five straight games, rushed for 100 yards twice, and produced triple-digit combo yardage thrice. A visit from the Browns promises to extend his run of success; every feature back to face Cleveland at home this year has scored or produced triple-digit yards from scrimmage; in three of the Browns' seven road games, they've done both. And that's not even factoring in three secondary backs who have scored or produced at least 85 combo yards. KC doesn't have a backup to Charles, leaving him to reap all the benefits the Browns will offer up.

WR

Chris Chambers
Dwayne Bowe

B

The Chiefs have produced one WR TD since Bowe began serving his four-game suspension. Now he's back, and while the optimistic view might be that he'll be the passing game's savior the more realistic take has Chambers stealing looks once directed almost exclusively at Bowe, Cassel struggling mightily, the Chiefs actually sporting a running game, and the Browns not nearly the pushover you might expect. Cleveland has given up just one WR TD the past six games, shutting out the likes of Ochocinco, Ward, Holmes, and Vincent Jackson along the way. It's far too risky to insert Bowe here and hope he picks up where he left off.

TE Leonard Pope

B

The Browns have been soft against tight ends of late, giving up 321 yards and three touchdowns to the position over the past four games. However, Pope isn't a large enough part of the game plan to be trusted with a fantasy start at this critical juncture of the season.

DT Chiefs B Not that the Browns are to be feared offensively; more that the Chiefs don't bring much if anything to the table as a fantasy defense.
 

Chicago (5-8) at Baltimore (7-6)

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Chicago
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jay Cutler S3

Cutler is averaging a robust 254 passing yards per game on the road, though he's thrown 17 picks against just eight touchdowns. Last week he topped 200 yards and threw multiple touchdowns for the first time in a month, but that mini-resurgence is likely to meet its end in Baltimore. The Ravens have held seven straight visiting quarterbacks to one or zero touchdowns, and only Peyton Manning and Carson Palmer have topped 152 passing yards during that span. Through sheer volume Cutler might put up decent yardage numbers, but INTs are a lock given Cutler's penchant for picks and a Ravens D that's produced 10 interceptions while allowing just five touchdown passes in seven home games this year.

RB Matt Forte
B

Unless you're into 50 yards and no touchdowns Forte is unusable against a decent defense like Baltimore. Don't look for PPR help, either; after giving up 124 receiving yards and a touchdown to Darren Sproles back in Week 2 no back has taken the Ravens for as much as 40 receiving yards or managed to find the end zone on a reception.

WR

Devin Hester
Johnny Knox
Earl Bennett
Devin Aromashodu

B Hester is listed as doubtful for this tilt, and while Knox scored and Aromashodu emerged against Green Bay last week there's nothing you can bank on fantasy-wise here. Worse, they'll be facing a Baltimore secondary that has allowed one WR TD the past four games—a span in which they faced the likes of Calvin Johnson, Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes, Reggie Wayne, and Brandon Marshall. If that group produces only one touchdown in four games, it's tough to get worked up over the Bears' receiving corps this week.
TE Greg Olsen

S3

The Ravens have allowed as many TE TDs over their past four home games as they have WR TDs—one—and with Olsen the most consistently targeted member of the Bears receiving corps he may be the only element worth starting. And it's a tepid endorsement at best, given his total of four catches over the past two games.

DT Bears B Is it too early to use the hibernation joke, or should we save that for Week 16?
Baltimore
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Joe Flacco B

If you use Flacco this week you're starting the match-up, not the quarterback. The quarterback hasn't had a multiple touchdown game since the Ravens' Week 7 bye and thrown for less than 200 yards in four of the nine games since then. The match-up, on the other hand, gives you a date with a Bears' secondary that's allowed multiple TD tosses in three of their last four on the road. If you're splitting the tie, keep in mind that the Ravens have three backs they'll give carries to and only one quarterback throwing infrequently.

RB Ray Rice
S1

Another big opportunity for Rice this week, as the Bears have gone on the road seven times this year and in each instance allowed the opposing team's feature back to score a touchdown. They've also given up at least 85 rushing yards in four of those games, including each of the last three. All that's stopping Rice is Willis McGahee stealing a few more touchdowns off his plate.

RB Willis McGahee
U

Once again, McGahee appears set to take advantage of a soft opponent, be it in garbage time or in goal line opportunities provided by Rice moving the ball between the 20s. Nice gig if you can get it.

WR Derrick Mason

S3

Mason is a fringe starter for three reasons: first, Flacco is playing poorly; second, the Ravens are running the ball much more than they're throwing it; and third, the Bears have allowed just three WR TDs in the past five games. If Flacco throws a downfield strike it will be to Mason, so he's still usable; the upside, however, just isn't there.

WR Kelley Washington
Mark Clayton


B

A tough match-up combined with a run-first offense and a quarterback enduring a sophomore slump hardly sounds like the recipe for fantasy success—especially if, as in Clayton's case, you top it off with a dollop of injury.

TE

Todd Heap

B The Bears can't be any softer against tight ends than the Lions were, and all Heap could muster against them was two catches for 38 yards. Look for a fantasy option who's more involved in his team's offense.
DT Ravens S2 We'll hold the Ravens at an S2 for now, but if Ed Reed returns to pick Jay Cutler they'll get the bump up to S1.
 

Arizona (8-5) at Detroit (2-11)

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Arizona
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kurt Warner S1

No team has allowed more passing yards or touchdowns than the Lions. Put another way: Warner has already taken the Vikings and Bears for 546 yards and eight touchdowns, and they're two of the NFC North's better defenses. If the Cards are looking for an opportunity to get their offense back on track after the Monday night debacle, here it is gift wrapped with a big bow tied on top.

RB Chris "Beanie" Wells
S2 Here's a major opportunity for Wells to assert himself as the Cardinals' feature back. The Lions have allowed a 100-yard rusher in three of the last five games and a total of six overall. Wells has four of Arizona's last five RB rushing scores and should put up the sort of numbers Ken Whisenhunt envisioned when he snared Beanie in the first round.
RB Tim Hightower
U While there's no question Wells has usurped the feature back role from Hightower, don't write off his fantasy value until after this week; the Lions let three different Ravens backs score on them last week, so asking for a little something from both Arizona runners wouldn't be out of the question.
WR Larry Fitzgerald

S2

Fitzgerald is listed as questionable and practiced on a limited basis all week, but he indicated that his knee has improved each day this week and it seems all but certain he'll play Sunday. And if Fitz is on the field against Detroit, odds are he'll find a way to help out your fantasy bottom line.

WR Anquan Boldin

S2

Boldin is a good fantasy play either way against a Detroit secondary that's allowed more WR yards than any other team and more WR TDs than all but two other clubs. He likely cedes the No. 1 role to Fitzgerald, though as a 1A he might bite into the 138 yards per game the Lions are giving up to primary targets.

WR Steve Breaston
S3

Breaston has all but fallen off the fantasy planet of late, but this match-up is cushy enough that he's worth mentioning. There's some concern that after Fitz and Boldin take their bites and the Cards roll to a big lead there may not be enough to go around; temper those worries knowing that Breaston will face a Lions defense that has allowed three TDs and three 50-yard games to secondary targets in the last month and a half alone.

TE Ben Patrick
B

It's a tremendous match-up against a team that couldn't find opposing tight ends with a map and a flashlight; trouble is, Patrick hasn't had a multiple-catch game since Week 9. There simply isn't enough opportunity to be found here.

DT Cardinals S2 The Lions are a favorable match-up for any defense, and Arizona's has been playing well of late—at least, when their offense isn't turning the ball over seven times and consistently giving the opposition a short field.
Detroit
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matthew Stafford
B

Stafford didn't pratice all week and is listed as doubtful. You want no part of him this week.

QB Daunte Culpepper
B

At least Daunte's back in Detroit, where he had a decent game against the Steelers earlier this year. The Cards have given up multiple TD tosses in each of the past two games and allowed three 300-yard passers in the past six, but it's tough to see Culpepper replicating that kind of success.

RB Maurice Morris
Aaron Brown
B

Maybe you're looking at the Cards' defense and thinking they're soft after giving up touchdowns and 100-yard games to feature backs in three straight road games. But while that stat is true, neither Morris nor Brown are in the same class as Frank Gore, Chris Johnson, and/or Steven Jackson. So reach if you must; you'll get no blessing to do so here.

WR Calvin Johnson S3

Megatron has been able to get it done regardless of quarterback or opponent in the past; he's been especially able to get it done at home, scoring in each of his Ford Field appearances since returning from his knee injury. The Cards have allowed a WR TD in each of the past three games, and with no Kevin Smith to hand the ball to the Lions' entire game plan will be to get the ball to Megatron.

WR Bryant Johnson
Dennis Northcutt
B

Johnson hasn't scored since Week 9, Northcutt since Week 5; neither has topped 75 yards all year. Odds are they aren't going to start now.

TE Will Heller B

The Cards have allowed six TE TDs in the past six games, but Heller just isn't involved enough in the Detroit offense to be trusted with a fantasy start.

DT Lions B We repeat: nothing to see here; move along.
 

New England (8-5) at Buffalo (5-8)

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New England
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tom Brady S2

This may be the most negative prognostication for Brady since the 2006 season. He comes off his least productive game of the season, with multiple bumps and bruises and a top wide receiver who may or may not be checking out for the season. Worse, he faces a Bills secondary that hasn't allowed multiple touchdown passes since Week 2 and hasn't allowed more than 225 passing yards in a game since their Week 9 bye. Is he even usable? Sure, considering this is essentially the same defense that Brady scorched for 378 and two in the season opener. If his in-game pep talk and media support have Randy Moss properly motivated, Brady should be just fine.

RB Laurence Maroney

S2

No team has allowed more RB rushing yards and RB rushing touchdowns than the Bills; so how is it that the Patriots mustered just 64 and 1—split three ways, no less—in the opener? Not sure, but since checking the Pats and Bucs through the season's first fortnight the Bills have allowed 100-yard rushers in nine of 11 games (including three straight and five of the last six). They've also allowed feature backs to score in eight straight and 10 of the last 11. Since we have yet to see Fred Taylor return (he's questionable this week and practiced on a limited basis two days this week), the presumption is that Maroney—with 22 carries last week—will handle the bulk of the workload. You know distribution of carries is always a risk in New England, but if it's LoMo for at least 15 totes he's a viable fantasy play this week.

RB

Kevin Faulk


U

The Bills aren't necessarily allowing a bunch of RB receiving yards, but Faulk received 10 carries last week and is seeing more work at the goal line with rushing scores in each of the past two games. The Bills should give up enough on the ground to support two fantasy starters; the issue will be, do Taylor and BenJarvis Green-Ellis get worked into the mix enough to leave everybody short-changed.

WR Wes Welker
S2 With Moss (take your pick) drawing double coverage and/or mailing it in, Welker has emerged as the Pats' most reliable receiver. He's been targeted double-digit times in every game except one, and has made up for that faux pas with back-to-back 10 catch, 100-yard games. He had 12-93 in the earlier meeting, and while he may not have Moss's three-TD upside you can be reasonably sure of getting a bunch of catches for a bunch of yardage.
WR Randy Moss
S2 If you survived Moss' one-catch debacle last week you're looking to him to make amends. Brady and Bill Belichick have been saying all the right ego-stroking things publicly, and if they've convinced Moss to buy into being on the "us" side of the "us against them" argument then not even the statistically sound Buffalo secondary can stand in the way. Moss owns the only 100-yard receiving game the Bills have ceded, and Buffalo has allowed only five WR TDs all year. But while expectations need to be checked, would a repeat of his 141-yard outburst in the opener–with a couple TDs tossed in for good measure—really surprise you?
TE Ben Watson B Watson scored twice in the season opener against Buffalo, but last week's touchdown was his first in almost two months. Tough to rely on that sort of inconsistent contribution, especially against a defense that hasn't allowed a TE TD since Week 2.
DT Patriots B We've seen nothing special from the Patriots defense this season, at least nothing to warrant tossing them into a fantasy start at this point of the season.
Buffalo
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick B

Fitzpatrick is being given an average of 24 pass attempts per game, which explains to some degree why he hasn't even reached triple-digit yardage the past two weeks and has just four TDs in six starts. Despite Trent Edwards' success (212 and 2) in the earlier meeting with the Pats, despite a New England defense that's allowed 300-yard, multiple-touchdown efforts in three of the past games, reaching for Fitz this week is a desperate move at best.

RB Fred Jackson S3

Based on his getting a slightly larger portion of the touches, as well as on his 140 combo yards and receiving TD in the earlier meeting, Jackson could be useful in larger fantasy leagues. The Pats haven't allowed a running back rushing score in more than a month, but they've given up two RB receiving TDs in the last five games. Jackson has triple digit combo yardage in two of the past three games, so if you're taking a shot with a Buffalo back he's the one to roll with.

RB Marshawn Lynch B

Despite 158 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown over the past two games, Lynch is playing second banana to Jackson. And second bananas aren't what fantasy championships are made of.

WR Terrell Owens
S3

It's a different coach and a different T.O. than the Pats saw catch just two balls for 46 yards in the season opener. Since Perry Fewell took over Owens has 22 catches for 424 yards and three touchdowns in five games—and that includes one date with shutdown corner Darrelle Revis. The Patriots have allowed at least one WR TD in each of the past five games (a total of 10 in that span), while three receivers have reached triple-digits against New England in the last five games. Expect whatever downfield chances the Bills take to be directed at Owens, making him at least usable in this match-up—assuming the illness that knocked him out of practice both Thursday and Friday and has him listed as questionable doesn't sideline him this week.

WR Lee Evans
B

Evans had three catches for 25 yards in the earlier meeting with New England, but while the new coach has kick-started T.O.'s stat line he's done nothing for Evans. In the past four games Evans has five catches for 105 yards and zero touchdowns, making him an afterthought in the Buffalo offense and utterly forgettable in fantasyland.

DT Bills B While the Bills have held four straight foes under 20 points, this week it feels like they're catching the Pats at the wrong time. Of course, we said the same thing about Carolina last week...

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